Has been a long time sense I listened to this one, not that forgot how good but..... This is a very very very good show. Seeing as I love To Lay Me Down it's one of only a handful of electric ones after the infamous 80'2 run at the Warfield and Radio City Seanger shows.
The Let It Grow is a smoking version along with the above mentioned TLMD and the Big R & R Blues starts slower then many other versions yet has that 2nd set we are in good form kick to it.
Could go on and on about this one and the night before. The little Jam at the end of playing in the Band sounds to me like Brent's "only a Fool" played in New Haven in 84 during spring tour.
September 5, 2013 Subject:
The Golden Hall shows are unusually good for February performances. Generally you will want to stay away from the first few weeks of shows in the mid-1980s (very mediocre with a couple of exceptions, this being one of them), but Jerry and the boys bring it on strong.
The sound quality of the tape is good, but not great. Brent is conspicuously almost absent from the mix, and Jerry is way out front. This is easy to get used to as you can really hear/focus on everything Jerry is playing. I must say though that I prefer AUDs because you get more of a whole ensemble sound from the house PA mix. Brent had just switched from his very cool Dynoed Rhodes piano (see Dyno My Piano) to one of the early Yamaha electric pianos, similar to what Keith played in late '77 and exclusively in '78. Keith got a much better tone out of his, and Brent's playing typically falls flat during '82 as a result, even when his levels are right. Phil also began to use a series of throwaway basses in 1982 (Fender Jazz bass knock offs) that drained all of the punch out of his tone. But, regardless of my equipment bitching, '82 contains some damn fine music. Tune in.
February 10, 2013 Subject:
Jerry On Left
Warfield Theater, Golden Hall and Pauley Pavillion shows were the last concerts where Jerry was on the left to my knowledge and it is symbolic here. This was truly the end of an era on the heels of the last great year. Beautiful tape, thank you! (ugly sounding digital era followed)
This was the best of the five shows that week. To Lay Me Down into a scintillating Let It Grow, a totally engaging Franklin's and a very solid Baby Blue were the highlights. They did open the first set of Syracuse '78 with Franklin's Tower.(and I was at both, not to boast just saying)
September 30, 2012 Subject:
Far from pedestrian!
I'd say more of a racehorse pace. The recording is very warm and a bit cloudy, but you can hear everything that counts just fine. Garcia is playing like a God.
February 20, 2012 Subject:
Oh yeah Golden Hall
It was one of those memorable nights for many reasons.
As I recall the opera was going on nearby, and an interesting blend of happy hippies meandering around the black tie crowd made for quite a sight.
I think it was this night too, when someone opened the emergency exits at the Hall during Jack Straw to let in a fairly large group of deadheads. All security could do was watch as these lucky souls without tickets got through the doors and disappeared into the crowd.
January 18, 2012 Subject:
Playin' in the Band
or rather, the jam leading out of it, is one of the most unique little tidbits i've heard in a minute... well worth a listen... and in incredible sounding recording... hells yeah...
May 6, 2011 Subject:
Rango's Recordings Rock
Nice to see these available. Used to trade tapes with Rango - awesome quality considering the time. Really captures the "live" essence. Enjoy!!
Reviewer:Evan S. Hunt
November 29, 2009 Subject:
I Concur With The Prior Reviewers
Yes, and it was nice of Purple Gel to tell us about the opera scene. I thot that was sublime.
I rate this show a 5 stars because of the efforts of the taper, Rango Keshavan, who, in 1982, seemed to possess an uncanny ability of capturing the GD in all their splendor. I laud the supreme sacrifice he made to get this recording.
Otherwise, it seems to be a rather pedestrian performance by the band, bless their hearts. They sounded good even on an off night, and that's what we demanded when we purchased our ducats.
Initially, this recording is not up to the previous night's feast, but it is tasty. The reason being that the GD were just a little behind it at first on this particular evening.
Eventually the sound evens out and becomes a marauding mind meld. The last two-thirds of the show is a spellbinder -- going on and on -- torturing your very existence.
Rango recorded it just as it sounded. Remarkable, remarkable, remarkable!
mmm, mmm, mmm,
August 20, 2009 Subject:
This show is definitely a superior show, along with the night before. The first set is excellent with a superior To Lay Me Down, a great CC Rider and one of the best Let It Grows out there. Set 2 is just awesome. As far as I know this is the only time that Franklin's was used as the opening song snd the transition into Samson is flawless!! The BRR and Playing are also great versions with a real nice Brent solo Jam into the drums. Get these 2 Golden Hall shows, they are underrated and very few folks seem to have 'em.
This venue was located in the performing arts center adjacent to the Opera Theater, and there was a big square between them. I forget which night, but on one of these nights in '82 there was an Opera playing at the same time and the juxtaposition of the Opera crowd with their gowns and tuxes etc mingling with the tie dye crowd is something I will never forget.
February 20, 2009 Subject:
This show bursts out of the gate and doesn't let up until the very end. Strong, strong show here with some great versions of the classics. Throw the quality of the recording and an always impeccable Miller transfer and you've got a real keeper. This one should be enjoyed by all.
September 9, 2008 Subject:
This sounds great
Excellent work by the band this night, and by everyone who captured this and made it available!